She ain’t skeered

She ain’t skeered

IT’S THE bigdumbhick!!

Exceptionally large,
Exceptionally irreverent,
Exceptionally Entertaining

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 325+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, he spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he’s broken bread and played music with people from just about every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum. ”Big”, yes, but he’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially try to portray himself to be.

Describing his music can be a challenge. There is a lot of Bluegrass, some Honky-Tonk, some Blues, and even occasionally some Reggae there. As someone recently remarked to him, "You are not anything at all like I expected, YOU ARE FUN!” That's as good a description as any. Other people have referred to him as "an older, sardonic, hillbilly, Todd Snider", "a cross between Jimmy Martin and JJ Cale", and "Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands".

What he is, is one very unique and talented performer, one who is darkly hilarious, and whose songs use irony and laughter as a candy coating to help make that dark and bitter pill of human existence just a little bit easier to swallow. One moment he might have an audience crying with laughter, and then completely out of the blue he might hit them with something extremely raw and personal, and you will again see eyes filling with tears - this time for a completely different reason. He's funny, but he’s a lot more than just a comedy act, he’s a seriously talented musician, with a groove so strong you could break a hip to it.

What you see is what you get. This is not an adapted persona. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. Dan Ray (voted best musician in the Triad 2019) - Greensboro NC
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As a true believer in great music, I have seen Jeff Wall render an entire novel with only a worn-out guitar and a shaky voice. He's the real deal. Joseph North - Durham NC
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I met Jeff and saw him play at last years Southeast Regional Folk Alliance. I loved his stuff, and laughed my butt off and occasionally was mortified ...he crosses lines and doesn’t care one bit. That’s why he’s so friggin’ authentic. Peter Farrell - Songwriter/Performer- Philadelphia PA
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If you get a chance to see Jeff, don’t miss it. Early songs brought nervous laughter, but by the end of the show there were belly laughs and a sing along. His lyrics are clever and his stories are unique... and true. Authenticity is hard to find these days, but I found it yesterday and it was wearing bib overalls. Terri Latham - Atlanta GA
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Ok, he’s somewhat big, but don’t be fooled—his music is smart, engaging, and on point. He treats his gigs professionally, and other artists with kindness and a generous spirit. Book him, gig with him, go see his shows. Good stuff. Kim Lane - Poet, Songwriter, Performer - Durham NC

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright III, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 
 

Offical Bio:

Bigdumbhick

Exceptionally Large
Exceptionally Funny
Exceptionally entertaining

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina

At 6’7” and more than 325lbs (a lot more), it is easy to understand the “Big” part. The “Dumb” part is easy too. Just Look at him. He looks dumb. Big and Dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands…  but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up, so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks…like anybody could be THAT dumb.

Originally from Middle Tennessee, At the age of 18 he dropped out of community college and joined the Navy, where he mainly specialized in smoking cigarettes, sitting on his ass, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s read a bunch of books. He’s lived all over the US, and he has traveled the world... several times. He has met, broken bread, and played music with people from just about every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  As a result, he’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially try to have you believe.

He taught himself how to play guitar while he was in the Navy sitting on the gun-line, off the coast of Beirut in 1983. From that point forward, it was rare that you ran across him when he didn’t have a guitar close at hand. Whenever his ship entered a new port, while most of his shipmates would all quickly head to the nearest bar, he would instead search out local street musicians to play with. He once played Gypsy Jazz in a city park in Bari, Italy with a septuagenarian gentleman, who in broken English, told of seeing the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli playing in the jazz clubs of Paris in his youth. He played old American Folk and Cowboy tunes on the streets of Split, Croatia with a young refugee man who had recently become homeless when a bomb accidentally fell on his house, and he therefore now had no house.
 
After retiring from the Navy, he settled in North Carolina where he would attend area music festivals, primarily just to sit around a campfires and play music all night. He occasionally gigged, playing covers in local dive bars. He would sometimes sit in with friend’s when they came through on tour.

In his mid-50s he decided that if he wanted to be taken seriously as a musician, he needed to start writing his own songs. He’s never been one to rush into things. He carefully observed the current strength of the music business and decided that this would be the perfect time to embark upon a career as a Singer/Songwriter as there was an unfilled demand for fat, grumpy, old singer/songwriters playing heartfelt songs about how they can’t get laid anymore to a rapt, attentive audience of fat, grumpy, old people who can’t get laid anymore either.

… Ok, maybe he’s earned that “Dumb” part honestly.

Somehow or another, and for reasons none can understand, it has all worked out. He is a hilarious, gifted performer, A venue owner recently remarked, “You are not at all what we expected, You are FUN!”

He is one very unique and talented performer, one who is darkly hilarious, and whose songs use irony and laughter as a candy coating to help make that dark and bitter pill of human existence just a little bit easier to swallow. One moment he might have an audience crying with laughter, and then completely out of the blue he might hit them with something extremely raw and personal, and you will again see eyes filling with tears - this time for a completely different reason. He's funny, but he’s a lot more than just a comedy act, he’s a seriously talented musician, with a groove so strong you could break a hip to it.

This is not a stage persona. He’s real. What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but still, he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray (Voted best Musician in the Triad 2019)- Greensboro
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I met Jeff and saw him play at last years Southeast Regional Folk Alliance. I loved his stuff, and laughed my butt off and occasionally was mortified ...he crosses lines and doesn’t care one bit. That’s why he’s so friggin’ authentic. - Peter Farrell - Philadelphia
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If you get a chance to see Jeff, don’t miss it. Early songs brought nervous laughter, but by the end of the show there were belly laughs and a sing along. His lyrics are clever and his stories are unique... and true. Authenticity is hard to find these days, but I found it yesterday and it was wearing bib overalls. Terri Latham - Atlanta
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Ok, he’s somewhat big, but don’t be fooled—his music is smart, engaging, and on point. He treats his gigs professionally, and other artists with kindness and a generous spirit. Book him, gig with him, go see his shows. Good stuff. Kim Lane - Poet, Songwriter, Performer - Durham NC

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright III, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 

 
 

Performance Schedule

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“How Can I book you?”

(336) 926-0315
1bigdumbhick@gmail.com

"What do you sound like? What kind of music do you play?"

The Bigdumbhick (me) is a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller. What kind of music do I play? Mostly Original Music. Insensitive Folk Music. Irreverent Gospel Music. I have tested positive for the Bluegrass as well as Americana, Blues, Country, Country-Blues, and Honky-Tonk. Basically all the different roots music stylings.

“Are your shows FAMILY FRIENDLY?“

I guess that would all depend upon whose family we’re talking about.

Yes. No. It Depends.

I was a sailor for 20 years (1980-2000). I know all of the bad words and could probably make a carnival worker blush if I were to set my mind to it. It is not my desire to intentionally offend anyone, or make anyone feel uncomfortable. I want everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, regardless of age, sex, gender, politics, or religion, to feel welcome at a show.

You should however probably be aware that many of my songs contain adult themes and subject matter such as death, addiction, suicide, marriage, erectile dysfunction, getting eaten by a shark, and the joys of getting old. These are topics which you may not be quite ready to discuss with your children just yet. But then again, your kids are gonna have to learn about this shit someday, and if you are worried about the language they might hear, why are you bringing them to a bar in the first place?

As you can tell from watching some of the videos, I have been known to drop the occasional curse word, but it was appropriate for that venue and that audience at the time. I usually do a good job of keeping my mouth in check. I’m pretty good at reading an audience and I am intelligent enough to know what is appropriate and what isn’t. I won’t be singing about Erectile Dysfunction at your Church Service, and yes, I’m willing to play at your Church Service.

Will you play at my…?

Yes, I will play at your Bar, at your Restaurant, in your Back Yard, in your Living Room, in your Bedroom, in your Kitchen, in your Den, in your Den of Inequity, at your Clothing Optional Resort, at your Frat Party, at your Pool Party, at your Chicken Stew or Pig Pickin’, at your Birthday party, at your child’s birthday party, at your Mama’s birthday party, at your Pride party, at your Engagement party, at your Wedding, at your Divorce Party, at your Baby Shower, at your Vasectomy Celebration, at your Tea Party, at your Church Social, at your Funeral.

Yes. I will play most anywhere you want just as long as you are willing to pay me to do so... and you aren’t a complete and total dick.

“WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?”

My Standard rates are:

2 hr $150
3 hr $200

This is for local and semi-local gigs within 100 miles or so of Winston-Salem, NC. This includes Me, and a sound system adequate to cover a small to medium size venue.

If there is significant travel, weirdness, or I have to deal with some pain in the ass requirement such as: “No songs in the key of Bb”, I have to sleep in a tent; I have to perform naked in the snow while wearing only a cape and a Richard Nixon mask; I have to let your drunk sister-in-law sit in on kazoo, it’s gonna cost your more. prices will be adjusted accordingly.

“We don’t have a budget for live music, WILL YOU PLAY FOR EXPOSURE? Will you work for tips? Will you play for the door?”

Sometimes, but not very often. I prefer a minimal guarantee. Will you sell beer for tips? Will accept tips to pay for a four course dinner? Will Duke Power accept “exposure” for electricity? This is a business, just like your business. That being said, I am a dumbass and will often play most anywhere once. Shoot me an email, It’s best we talk.

We are interested, but we require all performers to audition via our open mic. If we like you, we will book you.

Sure, but first, how about you drive to my house and bring me a couple of burgers and a beer? If we like it, We will pay you for it, and we might even order more.

No. Not just no, but Hell No. There is enough video and audio on this website, and on YouTube, for you to be able to get some idea of what to expect from a Bigdumbhick show. You can look at the calendar and call the other venues that I regularly play and ask them what to expect.

 
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MAILING LIST

Sign up for my mailing list and once a month or so I will drop an email on you letting you know where I am playing.

 
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Live Tracks

by Jeff Wall (Bigdumbhick)

These are some live tracks from recent shows. Listen to them here, or right click and ‘Save Link As”in order to download

VIDEOS

a short set (4 songs) from the LevenEleven Brewing fundraiser 11/11/18
1. 90 Miles an Hour
2. Battery Operated Boyfriend
3. New Wayfaring Strangers
4. Love Everybody (Don't be a Dick)

 

a song about the dangers of skinny dipping

 

Where's my wallet, where's my keys?

 

At High Rock Outfitters, Lexington NC opening for the great David Childers.

video by Frank Bell

1. Move Back to the Country
2. 90 Miles an Hour
3. Erectile Dysfunction
4. The Silent Treatment
5. Staring out the Window
6. New Wayfaring Strangers
7. Love Everybody (and Don't be a Dick)

MERCHANDISE

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SALE $15+ $5 S&H TOTAL= $20) Sizes S-3XL

SALE $15+ $5 S&H TOTAL= $20) Sizes S-3XL

SALE $15 + $5 S&H = TOTAL $20) Sizes S-3XL

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$20 + $5 S&H - White or Grey - Sizes S - 2XL

$20 + $5 S&H - White or Grey - Sizes S - 2XL

SALE $15 + $5 S&H = TOTAL $20) Sizes S-2XL

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Bumpersticker $3 Shipping included - Black letters on white vinyl

Bumpersticker $3 Shipping included - Black letters on white vinyl

Bumpersticker $3ea Shipping included

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$15 + $5 shipping and handling. Shipped in a tube.  !2” x 18” heavy card stock poster designed by Wes Freed. Signed by the artist. Shipped in a tube

$15 + $5 shipping and handling. Shipped in a tube.

!2” x 18” heavy card stock poster designed by Wes Freed. Signed by the artist. Shipped in a tube

$15 + $5 S&H = Total $20. Shipped in a tube.

 

FREE DOWNLOADS - PAY WHAT YOU WANT

FREE DOWNLOADS - PAY WHAT YOU WANT - FREE FREE FREE

 
 

JEFF WALL

1BIGDUMBHICK@GMAIL.COM

(336) 926-0315

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